Category Archives: Boxes

Great Teamwork Produces Custom Packaging that is Functional and Beautiful!


The difference between structural design and graphic design on packaging is often described as the difference between the canvas maker who builds the surface to be printed and the artist who paints on it. That is probably not an unfair comparison but in our case, we also help to guide the (graphic) artist to a creating a design that will print well on the corrugated box that becomes their canvas.

What happens when outstanding graphic design meets great structural design – you end up with a finished design that looks great, performs well and is user friendly.

Artezen and Salazar Packaging Team Up!

We were contacted by a great branding … Read More

What Are the Two Biggest Mistakes E-commerce Entrepreneurs Make?

shipping cost

We have helped hundreds of subscription box and e-commerce companies get started and work with many businesses, large and small, this is a question I am asked quite often. My answer never varies because we have witnessed many companies err in two critical areas:

  1. They grossly underestimate the impact of outbound shipping cost on their business.
  2. They place no monetary value on their own hard work and time.

The Importance of Shipping Cost

Unless you are shipping out something small, flat, and light weight (example – a gift certificate), your shipping costs may be the greatest single cost you will experience. I find it ironic that people will at times … Read More

Change the Look of Your Subscription or E-commerce Box by Changing Board or Ink Colors

Black to purple on white for a totally new look

The best part of making this change is that there is little or no cost to changing either the board color or the ink color(s) we print on your box.

Why Change Colors of your Custom Printed Shipping Box?

It could be a total new look that perhaps includes a logo change or an overall color palette change. Late last year we decided our logo and tag line needed updating and made the change resulting in great customer response. Brands evolve over time and you do not have to live with something you are less than pleased with or is outdated.

You may have a seasonal or promotional reason to … Read More

How to Achieve a Retail Look on Your E-Commerce Packaging for Clothing and Apparel

dark brown over white mailer box

To expand their market, many brick and mortar clothing companies are now also offering their products via the internet, while others completely bypassed the physical shop approach and are web/e-commerce only. What they both have in common is a need and desire to create that retail experience in a shipping container. Unfortunately most brown boxes are boring and today it is all about reinforcing the brand and enhancing customer experience. Another challenge is overcoming what is often a brutal trip to the customer via USPS, FedEx or UPS. Even when the container looks great as it leaves the shipper’s facility, it often arrives dirty, scuffed, and banged up. Not at … Read More

Eye Catching Creative Packaging for Applied Underwriters

2 color on Kraft, cusotm die cut box

We are best known for our semi-custom packaging where we can basically print anything including inside/outside prints, flood coats, etc. on any available, limited box sizes and styles. At present time, that money saving “limited” list of available options is over eighty sizes and styles.

Other people know us as great designers and manufacturers of custom sizes and shapes to satisfy just about any application. Even though we are accustomed to seeing and creating some great unique packaging, we were a little surprised when Applied Underwriters approached us and asked if we could create a box with a handle to contain a custom bobble head figurine of their mascot that … Read More

Custom Printed Subscription Boxes, Do Not Have to Be Boxes

Branded mailer envelopes for clothing

It may sound silly or even counterproductive for one of the top providers of custom printed mailer boxes to suggest using a different form of packaging but we do it almost every single day. There is a mistaken perception out there that a box is the only way to go but many of our customers find mailer envelopes can provide numerous benefits including:

  1. Compared to boxes, mailer envelopes are usually less expensive to buy
  2. Envelopes are typically less expensive to store and ship (inbound)
  3. They are usually less expensive to ship to your customer (out bound)
  4. Require less labor and ancillary package
  5. In many cases, have lower minimums for custom
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